Acting Attorney-General hits out at ‘hysteria’

THE State Government defended its controversial anti-bikie laws after a peaceful protest outside the Maroochydore courthouse yesterday.

Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli said the laws were in place to stop criminal motorcycle gangs from brawling in streets and using their numbers to intimidate others.

"While it is inappropriate to comment on specific matters before the court, we put these laws in place, with Peter Wellington's support," Mr Crisafulli said.

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"I urge people to see through the hysteria and misinformation from gang members and people like the Member for Nicklin."

Mr Wellington told the crowd at the protest that he did support the laws at the time they were put in place, but with the assurance from Mr Bleijie that the legislation would not affect the lives of ordinary Australians.

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Mr Crisafulli said the results spoke for themselves when it came to clamping down on criminal outlaw motorcycle members.

"More than 470 members and associates have been arrested on 980 charges since our crackdown," he said.

"On the Sunshine Coast alone, 23 people have been arrested on 49 charges.''



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